As many students can attest, video creation doesn't have to be difficult and it certainly doesn't have to be scary. One teacher (Rob Zdrjewski) shares how the flipped classroom can be a lesson in media literacy for students and teachers alike.
Students make short 'how to' videos for teachers at his school - they are a maximum of 90 seconds long, use screencasting technology, and are available on Rob's blog http://mrzclassblog.org/#!/ for 'out of hours' access by teachers and others. The 'how to' titles that I saw were mainly around Google Apps e.g. How to double-space a Google Doc by Alex Rodriguez.
What I like about this is the acknowledgement that students can develop expertise and usefully share it with teachers (as long as the teachers are humble enough to admit they are not experts in everything).
Another plus for this idea is that the student authors get the credit - they are named on the blog, and the blog is open to anyone on the Internet, so potentially there is a much larger audience that can use the student-developed library of 'how to' screencasts.
A suggestion: that there be some quality control on the screencasts - students talking too fast or not clearly saying words can interfere with understanding the 'demo', they also need to name the tool button they are selecting as they do it.
Note that students teaching teachers is not new - in New Zealand there is a well established project (Tech Angels) at Wellington Girls' College that takes this approach http://www.techangels.org.nz/
"Geoboard and Number Rack are two simple iPad and web apps that elementary school teachers may find useful for mathematics lessons. On Geoboard students stretch virtual rubber bands over pegboards to create lines and shapes to learn about perimeter, area, and angles."
"'Self-employed professor' could soon be an actual job title, thanks to two companies that are helping a small group of college professors market their own online courses, set prices for them and share the tuition revenue... Although online tutors are available to help, the company's course material is automated. With the new 'Professor Direct' courses, however, a pilot group of instructors will lead courses."
Teachem is a new service that is using the TED Ed model of creating lessons based on video. On Teachem teachers can build courses that are composed of a series of videos hosted on YouTube. Teachers can write questions and comments in "flashcards" that are tied to specific parts of each video and display next to each video. Students can take notes while watching the videos using the Teachem SmartNote system.
You can create a sample course in Teachem to try it out, although you do have to create a free account. Note that students/participants also need a free account to write notes. Making a sample course is a straight-forward process of adding a video URL then typing out questions. When you create a Teachem course you can make it public or private. Public courses can be accessed by anyone that has the address for your course. Public courses are supposed to be discoverable on Teachem, but finding any courses that you haven't created does not seem to be straightforward.
For comparison - note there are other similar tools - see scoop.it items on this page - Grockit answers and Vialogues.
This is a blog post from Dr. Alec Couros @courosa outlining (with examples) 10 ideas for different classroom video projects. I like the ideas but as someone with almost no video creation skills or experience I can't comment on the level of video skills required...however I agree with the principle of students moving from being video consumers to video producers.
Thanks to @easegill (Nigel Robertson) from the WCEL unit at the University of Waikato for this link.
My rating: 9/10 for good project ideas and examples (no comment on video creation skills required)
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